February 2, 2018
Last weekend, we were invited with local influencers in Jacksonville to experience some of the new seasonal menu items at Brio Tuscan Grille. We absolutely love Brio Tuscan Grille and were excited to get the opportunity to taste their new menu items! There are several things that stand out to us about Brio…the warm atmosphere, the service and the food. We absolutely love the atmosphere at Brio! It is a very warm and relaxed environment that is perfect for either a casual night with friends or a formal dinner to celebrate special ones in your lives. Brio’s bar and patio area also add to the warm atmosphere and experience. It is a perfect area to kick back, unwind and enjoy a drink with friends and family.
We were treated with phenomenal service by the Brio management and staff throughout the evening. We would like to give our heartfelt thanks to the entire Brio team for a wonderful evening. Joel (General Manger of Brio Tuscan Grille) truly provided us with an exceptional Brio experience. Our server, Francisco was amazing and hospitable throughout dinner. He also had awesome jokes and riddles that had our heads spinning and our table laughing all evening which added to our experience. Patrick Ambrose was the Sous Chef for the evening and he walked us through all of the delicious dishes that we sampled that evening.
We started the evening with some small plates including the Chef’s seasonal bruschetta, beef carpaccio and spicy shrimp and eggplant. Since we are huge seafood lovers, we loved the spicy shrimp and eggplant. The dish had great flavor with a black pepper cream sauce that provided some nice heat to the dish.
Then, we got to sample some of Brio’s specialties including their Chicken Limone and Pesto Chicken and Quinoa Salad. The Chicken Limone dish is always a great choice at Brio. This chicken dish is a flavorful and hearty dish that has an excellent lemon flavor that is enhanced by the capers, roasted vegetables and Yukon Gold mashed potatoes. The Pesto Chicken and Quinoa salad include red peppers, asparagus, quinoa, farro, cucumber, chickpeas, tomatoes, feta, arugula and creamy herb dressing. It is also a great choice from their menu especially if you are looking for lighter fare for your meal.
Once we tried their Brio specialities, we sampled the new items from their seasonal menu which features several risotto dishes including their sweet potato and chicken risotto, salmon risotto, sea scallop risotto and shrimp risotto and broiled lobster tail. All of the risotto dishes were incredible and perfect for this season as hearty food is super comforting during the winter season. Our favorite from this menu was the shrimp risotto and broiled lobster tail. The shrimp risotto and broiled lobster was packed with flavor and we just couldn’t stop eating this wonderful dish. The shrimp and lobster were juicy and fresh and the mushrooms, red peppers, asparagus and basil truly added to this beautiful dish. We definitely kept talking about this dish and is on our “must go back and eat this again” list.
Then, we ended our meal with dessert. Their new seasonal menu offers a new molten chocolate cake with mascarpone cream and white raspberry gelato. It was a pleasant dessert with the right amount of sweetness which was complimented by the tart raspberry flavor. We also enjoyed their classic desserts including their chocolate mousse, creme brûlée and caramel mascarpone cheesecake. Wow…is all we can say about the caramel mascarpone cheesecake. It is one of those desserts that you will never forget. It was smooth, rich and incredibly delectable which are all good things in a wonderful dessert. Our cravings for sweets and desserts were truly satisfied that evening.
Overall, it was a fantastic evening at Brio Tuscan Grille surrounded by the company of local influencers making an impact in their respective areas including Katrice (@willworkforheels), Catalina (@catalinaonair), Amy (@amywesttravel), David (@elevationexp), Safura (@jaxvegancouple) and Sasha (theblondeconfetti).
Again…thank you Brio Tuscan Grille for a beautiful evening filled with superb food and wonderful memories!
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